Clickery for February 6, 2015

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Breanne’s Links

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Penguin Classics selected 26 books — one for each letter of the alphabet — and designed them in a rainbow of colors as part of a special Drop Caps series. SO PRETTY. Also fun to see what books they picked. The list inspired me to give E. Nesbit a try; her young adult books are a delight.

Have you been following the chatter lately about how the subculture of MN and surrounding states needs to be recognized more, beyond merely “the Midwest.” Why not the North? This line of thinking is exactly what Borealis is about — that there is a way of life here underrepresented or acknowledged nationwide.

Design Mom does a great series called “Living With Kids” that features home tours of amazing women (and their families). The homes are always gorgeous, but it’s the peek into real life that I really love. From this week’s post, this quote: “Each child goes through the inevitable ups and downs of development. We aren’t there to fix them all or take them personally. Our job is to stay consistent and help them not get arrested.” Also in this post: sex after babies.

A new product in our house recommended for better sleep/more focus/a natural laxative for kids (especially given all of the cautionary tales about Miralax).

Jen’s Links

Today is National Wear Red Day — a day to raise awareness of women’s risk of heart disease. I wrote a post for Huffington Post about why awareness is so critical, and why no woman should ever hear she doesn’t fit the profile for heart disease.

(If you are inspired to learn more, see this post from my heart blog about ways to “Go Red” during February, American Heart Month, and see this woman-power PSA too.)

I went to a high school open house last night. High. School. What!!?? It is so true that “the days are long but the years are short.” I can’t believe this is me.

So as we’re asking our mortified eighth grader which open house sessions he was interested in — theater arts, computer science, broadcast journalism, IB diploma, world languages — and were met with grunts and shrugs, I had to bite my tongue and sit on my hands to keep from intervening. Because we have to let him make choices and decisions and learn to take initiative; helicopter parent I do not intend to be. I love the writing and advice of Jessica Lahey, teacher, columnist, and author, and she’s really helped me through these junior high years (especially this article). I’ve just pre-ordered her book “The Gift of Failure: How the Best Parents Learn to Let Go So Their Children Can Succeed” coming out right before the first day of Owen’s freshman year. Gulp, here I go.

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